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Reaching for the sky

Reaching for the sky

The enormous (for Lanzarote) Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa sits in the harbour of Arrecife and dominates the skyline. It’s the tallest building on the island and not without controversy. Some time after it’s construction a law came into force forbidding the construction of such tall buildings on the island.

This page says it was built almost overnight in 1988, but Wikipedia and other sources mention 1970 or 1971. It suffered a huge fire in 1994 but was then reopened as 5 star hotel in 2004. I think I need to go up to the rooftop bar next time for the views ..

This is a long exposure shot. I didn’t have my tripod with me so I had to rest the camera on a wall, with my wallet and a lens cap under the lens to tilt the camera up. Making things more precarious was the very strong gusts of wind that blew through the area that would almost knock you over that day. Certainly if you were huddling over the camera, trying to keep it steady for the 10 seconds or so of this image.


Apertureƒ/16
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO50
Shutter speed25s

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A plane landing in Lanzarote

Planes come in for landing

A plane landing at the airport in Lanzarote. I captured it in multiple shots as it sped by my location on the beach at Mirador de Acercamiento.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/320s

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The Road to Femés

The Road to Femés

Every time I go to Lanzarote I like to photograph the road coming from Playa Blanca to Femés. It leads to a very steep hill that some cars have problems with. Our hired car included, as it was very underpowered!

If you look carefully you’ll see the ghostly image of a car near the pole in the foreground of this image. They stopped for a good few seconds before successfully getting to the top of the hill.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO400
Shutter speed30s

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A Very Curious Cat

A Very Curious Cat

A very curious and friendly cat in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO1250
Shutter speed1/500s

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Lights on in the evening

Lights on in the evening

The tower of the Centro Deportivo Fariones in Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote is lit up in the evening.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length240mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/4s

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32 & 34

32 & 34

Long shadows and door numbers.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length31mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/640s

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Wave! Wave!

Wave! Wave!

Tourists waving to an incoming flight on Lanzarote.


Apertureƒ/11
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO10000
Shutter speed1/500s

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Lost in Thought

Lost in Thought

Lost in thought on the beach in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote in 2018.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length32mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1.6s

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The Orange Glow

The Orange Glow

The orange glow of sunset on a cloudless night in Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 70mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/15s
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After the sun sets

After the sun sets

That lovely glow on the horizon.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/10s
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Lanzarote Sunset

Lanzarote Sunset

The sun has set over the distant hills as seen from Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 16mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/60s
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The empty restaurant

The empty restaurant

An empty restaurant in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 29mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/80s